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Sonia Gandhi Questioned by ED, Congress Workers Protest Across Country, Leaders Detained

The party has alleged that the Delhi Police is preventing reporters from entering its headquarters in New Delhi.

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New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the National Herald case. Amidst countrywide protests, the party has alleged police highhandedness. Prominent leaders like Sachin Pilot, Shashi Tharoor, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Nana Patole and several other ground workers were detained by police across states.

It has also slammed the agency’s action against its top leadership as “political vendetta”.

“From the early hours of this morning the Delhi Police – obviously taking orders from the Union Home Minister – is preventing the media from entering the Congress party headquarters,” Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet.

“This high-handedness was only to be expected and reflects the mindset of the Modi Sarkar,” he added.

The Congress president is set to appear before the ED on Thursday for questioning in a money-laundering probe related to the National Herald-Associated Journals Limited case and top party leaders will converge at the All India Congress Committee headquarters for the protests.

Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given a notice of adjournment in the Lok Sabha, seeking a discussion on the alleged misuse of the Enforcement Directorate and “targeting of innocent opposition leaders.”

According to a senior Delhi Police official, in view of the ongoing parliament session, security and traffic arrangements have been made. Some roads near the Congress office have already been barricaded by police.

Similar protests were held when Sonia Gandhi’s son and former party president Rahul Gandhi was quizzed by the ED in connection with the case last month.

Ramesh had said on Wednesday that the Congress will stage demonstrations across the country in “a most telling manner” against what he described as political vendetta.

When Rahul Gandhi was questioned by the ED, the police had made elaborate arrangements. A large number of Congress leaders were detained, taken to far-away locations and released only at midnight.

Congress MPs had raised strong objections and complained to the president, vice president and Lok Sabha speaker.

(With PTI inputs)

Note: This is a developing story and will be updated as news comes in.